Known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota is a state of beautiful contrasts, from crisp, frozen plains in the winter to shimmering lakes filled with fishermen, swimmers, and pontoons in the summer. Minnesota stretches far north and south and experiences all four seasons in vivid detail with autumn being a favorite for its beautiful colors. CNAs in Minnesota get to enjoy the beautiful scenery as well as the excellent compensation and benefits for CNAs in this state. Of the five million plus residents here, over 14 percent of them are over the age of 65 and will most likely be needing the help of a skilled CNA shortly.
– Capital: St. Paul
– Minimum Wage: $9.50
– Number of Hospitals: 131
– Number of Nursing Homes: 30,405
– Total Population: 5,457,173
– Population (ages 45-64): 1,470,329
– Population (ages 65+): 780,142
– Population (ages 85+): 116,662
– Carleton College
– Macalester College
– Saint Olaf College
To become a CNA in Minnesota, individuals must first attend a state-approved CNA training program. Most facilities require individuals to have a high school diploma or a GED and to be at least 18 years old. However, some training facilities forego these requirements and only require potential students to pass a basic competency examination to show that they have what it takes to understand and pass the classes. Other requirements for admission to training programs include drug screening, a negative tuberculosis screening, up-to-date immunization records, a criminal background check and fingerprinting.
The Minnesota Department of Health regulates the state’s CNA training classes. Minnesota follows the federal minimum for CNA training hours, which is 75 hours altogether of which 16 hours must be spent in a clinical setting. Minnesota allows two types of training programs. One is put out by the American Red Cross, and the other is developed by Minnesota State Colleges Universities. Some programs include home health aide training simultaneously. The classes cover a variety of nurse aide theory and tasks, including basic nursing care, patient nutrition, vital signs and patient safety.
On the other hand, Minnesota residents may choose to forego CNA training and just challenge the state’s CNA examination. However, individuals who complete training have a much greater chance of passing the examination and have the advantage of being able to work as a CNA for 120 hours while they become certified.
The Minnesota Department of Health uses Pearson VUE to administer the certification examination, called the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program. The test is administered at several different testing sites in the state. Pearson VUE charges a fee of $64 for the full examination; the testing facility may charge an additional fee.
The Minnesota CNA test consists of two parts. The knowledge exam tests classroom knowledge. Students must pass this test by 75 percent. The written test includes 70 multiple-choice questions. Those who prefer to take the knowledge portion orally will face 60 multiple-choice questions as well as ten additional basic comprehension questions. Students are given up to two hours for this part.
The second part of the examination is the clinical skills portion, which tests five randomly selected CNA skills that must be performed in 30 minutes or less. One skill is always hand washing. These skills will be performed in front of an evaluator using the help of a volunteer actor.
Some Minnesota test sites allow applicants to walk in on the day of the test without pre-registering while other sites require pre-registering. Applicants must bring two forms of ID as well as all required fees, the completed application, a watch with a second hand, No. 2 pencils and an eraser. Those who do not pass the first time will only need to retake the section that they failed. Applicants are given up to three total chances to pass before being required to retrain.
CNAs who are moving to Minnesota from another state have the option of reciprocity in which Minnesota transfers their certification into the state. CNAs must be in good standing with their previous state and will need to undergo a criminal background check. They also must be able to prove that they have worked at least eight hours as a CNA within the past 24 months.
To apply, CNAs must fill out the endorsement application provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, include a copy of their current certification and attach a pay stub or W-2. They will then need to send it into their prior state for verification before it is sent on to Minnesota. The process is free.
Minnesota CNAs must renew their certifications every two years. Minnesota sends out a renewal reminder, but CNAs must keep their addresses up-to-date on the Department of Health’s registry. To renew, CNAs must have a clean record without accusations of patient abuse or neglect and must be able to prove that they have worked for pay as a CNA at least eight hours in the past 24 months. CNAs who are not working in a nursing home or home health agency must include a copy of their job description for renewal. Renewal is free but does take 30 days to process. Those who do not renew in time may not be allowed to work in the 30 days that it takes to process the paperwork.
|Mayo Clinic||200 S. W. First Street||Rochester||MN||55905||507-284-2511||Website|
|Abbott Northwestern Hospital||800 East 28th Street||Minneapolis||MN||55407||612-863-4000||Website|
|St. Cloud Hospital||1406 Sixth Avenue North||Saint Cloud||MN||56303||320-251-2700||Website|
|University Of Minnesota Medical Center||2450 Riverside Avenue||Minneapolis||MN||55454||612-672-6000||Website|
|Mercy Hospital||4050 Coon Rapids Boulevard||Coon Rapids||MN||55433||763-236-6000||Website|
|Woodwinds Health Campus||1925 Woodwinds Drive||Woodbury||MN||55125||651-232-0228||Website|
|North Memorial Hospital||3300 Oakdale Avenue North||Robbinsdale||MN||55422||763-520-5200||Website|
|Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital||6500 Excelsior Boulevard||Saint Louis Park||MN||55426||952-993-5000||Website|
|St. John'S Hospital||1575 Beam Avenue||Saint Paul||MN||55109||651-232-7000||Website|
|St. Joseph'S Hospital||45 West 10th Street||Saint Paul||MN||55102||651-232-3000||Website|
|Unity Hospital||550 Osborne Road NE||Fridley||MN||55432||763-236-5000||Website|
|Albany Area Hospital And Medical Center||300 Third Avenue||Albany||MN||56307||320-845-2121||Not Available|
|Albert Lea Medical Center||404 West Fountain Street||Albert Lea||MN||56007||507-373-2384||Website|
|Anoka-Metropolitan Regional Treatment Center||3301 Seventh Avenue||Anoka||MN||55303||651-431-5000||Website|
|Appleton Area Health Services||30 South Behl Street||Appleton||MN||56208||320-289-2422||Website|
|Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center||300 South Bruce Street||Marshall||MN||56258||507-532-9661||Website|
|Bethesda Hospital||559 Capitol Boulevard||Saint Paul||MN||55103||651-232-2000||Website|
|Bigfork Valley Hospital||258 Pine Tree Drive||Bigfork||MN||56628||218-743-3177||Website|
|Buffalo Hospital||303 Catlin Street||Buffalo||MN||55313||763-682-1212||Website|
|Cambridge Medical Center||701 South Dellwood Street||Cambridge||MN||55008||763-689-7700||Website|